the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse).
the front or principal surface of anything.
Logic. a proposition obtained from another by obversion.
facing the observer.
corresponding to something else as a counterpart.
having the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.
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How to use obverse in a sentence
The old Kaiser Franz Joseph, faithful and hardworking, was the obverse of the feckless and impetuous German kaiser.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913? | Jacob Heilbrunn | June 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As for the obverse, my liberal allies, this explains why information that seems so obvious to us never gets through.
The obverse statement is nearly always followed by a repetition of what the thing is.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
A fourth method of building up a paragraph from a topic-sentence consists in telling what it is not; that is, giving the obverse.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
On the reverse I made out a coat of arms, almost obliterated; but the obverse was clearer.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
British Dictionary definitions for obverse
facing or turned towards the observer
forming or serving as a counterpart
(of certain plant leaves) narrower at the base than at the top
a counterpart or complement
the side of a coin that bears the main design or device: Compare reverse (def. 15)
logic a categorial proposition derived from another by replacing the original predicate by its negation and changing the proposition from affirmative to negative or vice versa, as no sum is correct from every sum is incorrect
- obversely, adverb
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